Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park


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Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park


Location:North of Bakersfield, 7 miles west of Earlimart and Highway 99 on County Road J22, or 20 miles north of Wasco on Highway 43.
Facilities:15 developed family campsites, picnic areas, showers, restrooms, visitor center, exhibits, historic structures.
Activities:Camping, group tours (by reservation).
Special Features:Established in 1908, the small farming community of Allensworth was the only California town to be founded, financed, and governed by African Americans. Its founding father, Colonel Allen Allensworth, was a former slave, Union soldier, army chaplain, and the highest ranking black officer of his time. Uncontrollable circumstances, including a drop in the area's water table, resulted in the town's demise, but, with continuing restoration and special events, the town is coming back to life as a state historic park.
Address:c/o Central Valley District Office
22708 Broadway St
Columbia, CA 95310

Phone:661-849-3433
Web: www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=583
Size: 947 acres.

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It is now Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, a fascinating detour from State Highway 99.